Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


 (ŏs′ə-frĭj, -frāj′)
2. Archaic An osprey.

[Latin ossifraga, from ossifragus, bone-breaking : os, oss-, bone; see ost- in Indo-European roots + frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈɒsɪfrɪdʒ; -ˌfreɪdʒ)
(Animals) an archaic name for lammergeier, osprey1
[C17: from Latin ossifraga sea eagle; see osprey]


or lam•mer•gey•er or lam•mer•geir

(ˈlæm ərˌgaɪ ər, -ˌgaɪər)

a large, eaglelike Eurasian vulture, Gypaëtus barbatus, with a tuft of bristlelike feathers below the bill.
[1810–20; < German Lämmergeier=Lämmer, pl. of Lamm lamb + Geier vulture]
References in periodicals archive ?
The ossifrage was the Biblical name for the vulture, possibly a lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus), which was considered to be an unclean bird (Leviticus 11:13): "And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey.
Although we have publicized the plight of unicorns and vultures and of hawks and leopards across the region, I confess we are still waiting for an ossifrage scientist to send an article
The Bible is full of references to wildlife, including unicorns, untamable mythical animals of great strength and agility considered to be Arabian oryx (3) and ossifrages (more on these later).